Travel Guide Review: Disneyland 2016 by Independent Guides

Hi everyone,

So this is something new for me- how exciting! Recently I was lucky enough to be asked by Independent Guides ,in conjunction with Amazon and via Bloggers Required, to review their brand new 2016 guidebook for Disneyland Resort in California, and what a read it was!

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I published two reviews on this book, one on the Amazon UK site and the other on the Amazon US site, and they are now LIVE. You can read them here and here.

Independent Guides are Disney and city experts and are known for putting together the most accurate and up to date guidebooks for a range of destinations from Disneyland Paris to New York City. My reviews highlight the depth of information that is put into each and every guide making them all a fantastic read.

In short, this book is brilliant and I would highly recommend it if you are planning a trip to the world famous resort anytime soon, or if (like me) you’re just a massive Disney fan looking for an excuse to read all things Disney!

Love Jess X

NB. This is a sponsored blog post and I received compensation from Independent Guides for these reviews.

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PPS. Remember you can keep VOTING for me to win best TRAVEL blog in UK Blog Awards 2016 – voting closes 25th January!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Top 15 InstaTravel Moments of 2015!


I hope you all had fun partying last night.. I know I did! I thought I’d kick-start the day/year/month with a round up of my Top 15 InstaTravel Moments of 2015! This has been my first EVER year of using Instagram and it has fast become my favourite social media platform! So here are my top moments of the past 12 months…


Spending my birthday in London with an epic walking tour across the city with one of my best friends! We walked from Kensington to Tower Bridge and took in all the major landmarks- what a way to start the year!


Taking in the beautiful sights of Prague by climbing to the top of the Old Astronomy Tower! This was my first city break of the year with my sister and what a trip we had!


Myself and my sisters purchased season tickets for our family to the beautiful Blenheim Palace which is just down the road from us! We’ve had so many lovely days out at this place!


For my nans 80th birthday celebrations we headed for a family weekend away in the nearby Cotswolds. We had a wonderful weekend and the weather was just perfect!


I had a fantastic day out to Royal Ascot this month along with my sisters, cousin, mum and aunty. We got all dressed up, bet on lots of horses and even saw the Queen!

I also headed to London at the end of June for a fantastic day out at Hyde Park’s annual British Summertime Festival. Myself and my close friend had great fun watching Kylie in concert who was incredible live!

We have had the besstttt dayyy!! Roll on next year wooo 😁🎉🐴👑 #ascot #races #family #love #girls #dayout #weloveascot #wesawqueenie

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This month brought our annual family holiday and we headed down to Cornwall to spend a week in our own holiday cottage right in the heart of lively St Ives. The weather was fantastic ALL WEEK and we had the best time with each other making lots of memories and revisiting places from our childhood!


August Bank Holiday weekend brought a fantastic day out filled with music, fun and laughter! I took my sisters to their first ever festival, Fusion Festival near Birmingham, and we had a brilliant day out seeing lots of top artists perform- the highlight was McBusted who were amazing!


This month it was time for my second city break of the year so my sister and I flew to Budapest for a long weekend of sightseeing. We both fell in love with the city; it was beautiful and we had the best time away!


This month was super busy for me but my highlight was a personal achievement which saw me run a 5k charity fun run for The Pituitary Foundation. I raised over £300 on my Just Giving page and beat my personal best! I had a fantastic day and was so proud of myself. A big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to this fantastic charity who have supported my since my prolactinoma diagnosis in 2011.


I had a jam-packed November but my highlight was getting my first EVER paid job as a freelance travel writer! I was absolutely over the moon and it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet- hopefully I’ll take on more roles which will allow me to become a freelance writer full time!


The last month of the year was kick-started with a magical trip to the beautiful Disneyland Paris! I went with two of my closest friends for a pre-Christmas treat and we had the most amazing time, it really was beautiful and certainly got us in the festive mood!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my whistle-stop recap of my InstaTravel highlights from 2015! I’d love to hear what your favourite was? I just can’t pick one!

Wishing you every happiness for 2016!

Love Jess x

Lazy Saturday, Busy Sunday!

Hey everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Mine consisted of being lazy on Saturday but very active on Sunday which is strange as it’s normally the other way round for me! I worked on Saturday morning but afterwards came home and had a ‘chill out’ afternoon reading magazines, watching the telly and hanging out with my family. I was waiting for The X Factor/Strictly marathon and wasn’t disappointed – both shows were great and I was glad to be having a night in rather than going out on the town!


After an early night I was up on Sunday morning at 7.30 feeling refreshed, energized and ready to do something fun with my day! I was supposed to be heading over to beautiful Bath with a friend but plans got changed so I ended up taking my little sister to the famous Cotswold Wildlife Park where we have been going since we were tiny! The weather was great and looked set to stay for the day so we got in the car and drove all of 8 minutes before we arrived at the park itself.

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Entrance fee is £14.50 per adult and £10 per child with discounts for families and over 65s. I’ve always thought the fees were quite expensive, but £24.50 for me and my sister to go and enjoy a great day out together definitely sounded reasonable to me! The park itself is big but not excessive and can easily be done in a day – we spent 4 hours there in total but stopped for lunch as well.

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There are all the usual suspects you would expect to see at a zoo, including lions, rhinos, zebras, meerkats, penguins and many more but, for me, the highlights were the new giraffe enclosure which has not long been opened, and the brilliant Madagascar Walk-through Experience which opened in 2008. There is so much to see and do at the park, with daily feeds & talks from the knowledgeable staff members who clearly love their jobs, and the beautiful grounds & varied animals really make it a top family day out.

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If the weather’s good, take a picnic and place yourselves on one of the many greens around the park, some of which are near to the animal enclosures, for a lovely relaxed atmosphere. You can however make use of the park’s canteen and treat yourself to a full hot dinner (loads of choice although a little pricey) or make use of the kiosk like we did and go for a simple yet satisfying hot dog and chips with extra ketchup!


The Cotswold Wildlife Park will be listed in a new monthly feature of mine, Top Five Things To Do In… where I use all my knowledge and opinions about different areas I have visited and compile a handy guide of the best places to visit in the relevant areas. Watch out for this in the next month – I promise to make it good!

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If you have any questions or would like to know more about the park please get in touch and I will do my best to help you! Alternatively, please visit the website: http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/

Hope you enjoyed reading my latest post – my new adventures are coming up soon!

Love Jess